How to Ease the Pain of Teething

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Babies typically cut their first teeth around five to seven months, but it is not uncommon for the first teeth to emerge at one year of age. Teeth generally erupt in pairs. The first are usually the bottom two in the front, followed by the four top middle teeth. Babies may get their first molars around their first birthday, followed by the canines, and the second molars around age 2. However, in some babies teeth emerge in groups in a short period of time. Babies have 20 primary teeth.

Teething is a painful process that can lead to many sleepless nights for both babies and parents. The first teeth seem to hurt the most. As more teeth emerge, your baby may experience less discomfort. Most of the pain associated with teething occurs before teeth break through the gums. Signs that your baby is teething include irritability, decreased appetite, increased drooling, and puffy or inflamed gums.

Some parents also report that their babies experience ear pain, diarrhea, and fever. However, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, these are not symptoms of teething and are likely caused by a viral infection that occurs at the same time as the teething. If your baby has a fever that is persistent or that is over 101 degrees, call your pediatrician.

Help Your Baby Deal With The Pain Of Teething

Here Are Some Tips:

  • Gently massage your baby's gums with a clean finger or wet gauze pad.
  • Cold decreases pain and inflammation. Keep a few teething rings in the freezer. They only stay cold for about 20 minutes after you take them out of the freezer, so you will need some extras. Check the teething rings every day to make sure your baby has not chewed through them.
  • Sucking on a pacifier or chewing can help with pain. Some parents wet and freeze washcloths for their babies to chew.
  • You can put ice water in a sippy cup and let your baby chew on the edge.
  • Infant Tylenol can ease teething pain. Follow the directions on the package carefully and don't give more than recommended. Infant Tylenol is concentrated, and too much can damage your baby's liver. Base the dosage on your baby's weight. If you need to use it every four to six hours for more than two days, call your pediatrician.
  • Distractions can take your baby's mind off the pain of teething. Many babies are comforted by rocking, hugs, and kisses.

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